Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3180 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where it is getting to be more and more autumnal especially as we have had at least two frosty mornings this week.
For me, Dada slightly more friendly than last week with a touch of quirkiness – three crackerjack long uns, eight anagrams (five partials), one not an anagram, two lurkers, and two homophones – all in a very asymmetric 29 clues; with 15 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 12a, 15a, 1d, 20d, 24d, and the Pun.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
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Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct as “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow:
8a Carelessness evident, having cut right cheek (9)
A single ten letter word equivalent to carelessness evident with the single letter for Right deleted (having cut).
11a I’ll get this drink mixed with our spoon, say (5,4,6)
An anagram (mixed) of WITH OUR SPOON, SAY.
15a Cosmetic discovered, abhorrent to American (10,5)
A five letter synonym of discovered and an anagram (abhorrent) of TO AMERICAN – my five bob is telling me that it is unlikely that abhorrent will be found in a list of anagram indicators.
22a Country where I live, rail winding around it (7)
I from the clue and the two letter synonym of live, all contained by (around it) an anagram (winding) of RAIL.
24a Sailor qualified as tinker, tailor, soldier etc? (4,2,3,6)
A frequently used alternative term for sailor and a phrase which encompasses tinker, tailor, etc, etc.
27a An inebriated monarch, presenter of programme (9)
AN from the clue and an anagram (inebriated) of MONARCH.
1d Prospect uplifting the four of us? (4)
Start by changing THE FOUR OF US (which uses the objective first person plural pronoun) into a (2,4) phrase (which uses the nominative first person plural pronoun). Next, convert the number word in the phrase into Roman numerals. Finish by reversing all of it (uplifting).
3d Sassy part of shoe, not unfilled (8)
The part of a shoe which is in direct contact with one’s foot and NoT with the interior letter deleted (unfilled) – I will let RD say that the definition is an Americanism.
5d One doubts I can go dancing around street (8)
An anagram (dancing) of I CAN GO containing (around) the abbreviated form of street.
7d College polished off, we hear? (4)
A homophone (we hear) of a single word for polished off (as in consumed).
16d Girl’s best friend in suit? (8)
A double definition – the illustration should help.
17d Soil slightly damaged, taste evidence of disaster? (3,5)
I wonder if Dada knows that I have a ‘thing’ about four letter anagrams, although he did use one in 22a – move one of the outer letters of SOIL from one end to the other (slightly damaged) and add a synonym of taste (by using one’s tongue?).
23d Rod and line in cart (6)
Not going fishing – a synonym of (usually metal) rod and a synonym of line.
24d Only gravy on last of meat (4)
A three letter synonym of gravy (‘borrowed’ or should it be ‘stolen’ from those fine folk across the Channel) placed before (on) the last (letter) of meaT.
25d Drop some plates in kitchen (4)
A lurker (some) found in three words in the clue.
Quick Crossword Pun:
FIDEL + STYX = FIDDLESTICKS
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Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, better known as Sting, is 71 today. He was the frontman, songwriter and bassist for new wave rock band The Police from 1977 to their breakup in 1986. The video is from a Reunion Tour concert in Tokyo in 2008 of the 1983 Number One that came to be known as The Police’s and Sting’s signature song: